Updating your Parrot carkit using Parallels Desktop

2008-11-28 18:03:00

I've been using my Parrot CK3100 bluetooth carkit to my utmost satisfaction for a few years now. It worked a charm with my old Nokia handset. Once I switched to my iPhone I started having weird problems though. After half an hour driving, or maybe after a phone call or two, I wouldn't get any audio on the carkit anymore. I could make outgoing calls or receive incoming calls, but there simply wouldn't be any sound. Then after a few seconds the radio would cut back to the CD or whatever I was listening to.

I decided that the best course of action would be to re-flash my CK3100 with a newer software version. Lo and behold, the release notes for version 4.18b of the Parrot OS make specific notice of the known iPhone bug in version 4.17! Goodie!

Unfortunately Parrot's updating software is only available for the Windows platform and thus, as a fervent Mac addict, I had to find a solution. Luckily I still had a Windows XP disk image for Parallels, which was working nicely. In order to get Bluetooth working under Parallels, there's a few hoops to jump through. Below you'll find the quick & dirty guide to updating your Parrot using Windows in Parallels under Mac OS X.

1. Make sure your Windows install in Parallels is working nicely. Boot it up.

2. Take the installation DVD that came with your Mac and insert it into the drive. Connect Parallels to the drive so you can read the DVD. This automatically opens an install windows which you can close.

3. Browse the contents of the DVD, going into "Boot Camp -> Drivers -> Apple".

4. Run these two installers using an admin account: AppleBluetoothInstaller and AppleBluetoothEnablerInstaller.

5. Reboot Windows. It will now automatically detect the Bluetooth hardware.

6. Go to the Parrot downloads site and download the Parrot software update tool.

7. Go the the Parrot manuals site and read the upgrading manual for your model Parrot.

8. You'll need to install the software updater under Windows. The default location is under C:Program FilesParrot Software Update Tool.

9. Run the ParrotFlashWiz application as an admin user. You'll need to download new firmware versions into the prog-files directory and this requires admin rights.

10. Take it from there using the manual from step 7.


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